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Seeing Eye to Eye

In order to have a fruitful conversation with someone, seeing eye to eye is essential. While this holds true in the metaphorical sense, it also has a very literal relevance. It was this need to hold a conversation at eye level that prompted marine office, Phillip Eaglesham to come out with a wheelchair that could be elevated so as to raise a disabled person to eye level.

What was the Starting Point for Phillip Eaglesham?

It all began on a destined day when he and his team were preparing to dispatch from a 6 month long mission in Afghanistan. Just a day prior to leaving, he was affected by an infection called the Q fever.

This fever was the start of a life that would have him confined to a wheelchair. The fever affected his muscles in a way that prevented much movement in his arms. The physical debilitation was so severe that it reached a point where Phillip even considered putting an end to his life, leaving his wife and three sons behind.

However, in time he began to move toward a more productive life and the elevated wheelchair was one of his brilliant inventions that made eye to eye seeing for disabled people possible.

The Progress of the Elevated Wheelchair

On coming back from Afghanistan, Phillip Eaglesham tried to find an easy way to get around the place, without much trouble. He started by attaching a seat to a Segway so that he wouldn’t be looked down upon, when having conversations with people.

Doing this allowed him to be on the same level as the speaker. However, not only was it not legal to ride a Segway on the roads but using a Segway needed a lot of additional strength to hold himself up and he was unable to manage this either. This prompted the idea of developing an elevated wheelchair. This wheelchair is an all-terrain chair that is capable of mounting small stairs and even turning 360 degrees.

Although the wheelchair is not yet completed, the idea behind it is certainly moving toward something good. There will soon be a crowd funding campaign held so Eaglesham can collect enough money to build two prototypes.

The Idea behind his Elevated Wheelchair

Eaglesham experienced what it was like to not be able to do things like every other person and this sparked a desire in him to bring about a change. With his idea of the Elevated wheelchair, Eaglesham is working to facilitate better interaction with disabled people.

At the same time, the idea is to give disabled people a certain sense of independence that wouldn’t make them feel self-conscious. The wheelchair that they have come out with is known as VICTOR and seeks to help disabled people reach new heights and not feel insecure anymore. Eaglesham got into this mainly because of the “satisfaction of knowing that our end product will change and improve countless lives,” he says.

This innovation is all set to astound as it is certain to take away the need for costly adaptations to the home. Not only does it afford disabled people with better mobility but it also promotes seeing eye to eye and it is sure to help millions of people across the globe.

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  1. Hotwheels49
    I grew up with my parents telling me how important it was to look someone square in the eye when speaking to them. Upon becoming a wheelchair user and member of the disabled community I lost my ability to look people in the eye without craning my neck! Worse still, people have a tendency of speaking to the person who is with me as if I am not competent because I use wheels to get from ppint A to point B. This has made me angry about the blatant disrespect and I have called people out for it...sometimes I wonder why I make an effort but just like with my fight against prejudice and discrimination all my life because of the color of my skin; now that I am a triple threat (a Black, disabled female) I will scream and strategize to the end of time until people begin to treat us just as people. ..
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